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The Korowai of Irian Jaya: Their Language in Its Cultural Context - Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics 9 (Hardback)
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The Korowai of Irian Jaya: Their Language in Its Cultural Context - Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics 9 (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 06/11/1997
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This is a compilation of basic linguistic and anthropological information about the Korowai of Irian Jaya (the western half of New Guinea). Remote and untouched by the modern world, they are threatened by the larger Indonesian society. Their language, oral literature, and ethnography are examined in a systematic and integrated manner.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195105513
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 653 g
Dimensions: 243 x 164 x 23 mm


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the book clearly and precisely presents new and fascinating ethnographic and linguistic data at the same time giving an example of how to describe grammatical structures within the ethnographic setting and doing without a forbiddig theoretical framework. Besides that, it is a practical introduction into linguistic anthropology and Papuan liguistics which cannot be restricted to grammar, but has to include semantics, lexicon, and the edition of texts. Volker Heeschen, Anthropos 94.1999
Throughout, the authors aim for richness of descriptive detail at the expense of theory in order to "bring readers as close as possible to the fascinating reality of the Korowai language and oral literature," and use theory only to enable the "clear presentation of complex facts" ... the book remains true to its promise: to be the "first step" in the study of the Korowai ... We gain from this book rich descriptions about a people on the cusp of intensive social change. * Leslie Butt, Crossroads 13:1 *

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